UA Reconfiguring 777 Biz-Class?

Fri May 09, 2003 2:13 am

In today's SF Chronicle, United took out a full page ad in the front section detailing how great UA is for the Bay Area. Nothing odd about that.

However, in the ad it says "Also, business class is being reconfigured in our 777 fleet to offer additional legroom".

Does anybody know anything about this? I fly C-class every so often on UA 777s and have never once noticed any need for additional legroom. It just seems odd to me that UA chose to focus on that area. Is this just an effort to solidify their business clientele? With their present financial conundrum, I would think that there would be some more pressing areas that they would chose to focus on than this one. Curious for comments.
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RE: UA Reconfiguring 777 Biz-Class?

Fri May 09, 2003 2:16 am

They are reconfiguring C class to a 60" pitch, up from 55".

I don't know how many planes are currently configured.

Improving service, imho, should be their number one objective.

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RE: UA Reconfiguring 777 Biz-Class?

Fri May 09, 2003 2:55 am

Intertesting. I take it there will be less seats because of this... how many and which class, I wonder.

RE: UA Reconfiguring 777 Biz-Class?

Fri May 09, 2003 3:05 am

Why keep seats you can't fill in the airplane?

It appears they are removing seats from economy. Some B777 still do not have Economy Plus (E+) and apparently they are adding that at the same time as what has been dubbed "C+"..... same capacity in the forward of the two business cabins (it's just two rows) as well as in First. It appears basically two rows in the forward part of Economy are disappearing.
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RE: UA Reconfiguring 777 Biz-Class?

Fri May 09, 2003 5:04 am

Actually, the seat pitch in Business is being increased from 49" to 55", not to 60", as found on the "A" model 777 aircraft and all 747 aircraft already in service.

As N951U said, only Economy class seats are being removed. I don't have the numbers right infront of me, but the capacity for both 777 fleet types, the XI and XP, will be around 258.

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RE: UA Reconfiguring 777 Biz-Class?

Fri May 09, 2003 7:48 am

Press Release on Tues.:

United Airlines Takes the Customer Experience to Another Level With New Technology and More Comfort

Seat Pitch Increase in United Business Class and complete installation of Economy Plus on United's Boeing 777 Fleet:

United will increase United Business seat pitch to 55 inches from 49 inches and increase its seat recline from 12 inches to 14. The carrier also will complete the installation of United Economy Plus seating on its Boeing 777 fleet. Both projects will be complete by early 2004.

The new seat configurations on United's Boeing 777 fleet will be as follows:

777B "XI": 12 First/49 Business/83 Economy Plus/114 Economy = 258

777B "XP": 10 First/45 Business/84 Economy Plus/114 Economy = 253
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RE: UA Reconfiguring 777 Biz-Class?

Fri May 09, 2003 9:27 am

So, they're really burning through the rest of their cash now!!!  Smile

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